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As much as SI loves to say it, FML is not a game made for the casual gamers. The load of information alone is one reason why non-football fans will struggle with the game. Even the casual football fan might struggle with getting a tactic straight or sorting out his team. FML however is a game that will reward you for every minute you spend on it and in the end is a fantastically well done game. If you are a hardcore football fan though, we are pretty sure you are already kicking it in some game world by now. If not, than you might want to try this game for a month or two.
90 (Feb 09, 2009)
Football Manager Live è la naturale evoluzione che un brand maturo come quello di Sports Interactive non poteva mancare di raggiungere allo stato attuale della tecnologia, presentandosi interessante soprattutto per chi intende passarvi gran parte delle ore della propria giornata, dato che pur nella sua grandezza non sfugge alla regola classica dei titoli via Internet per cui è necessario dedicare a essi diverso tempo per ottenere dei risultati significativi.
Thunderbolt Games (Feb 14, 2009)
Football Manager Live is a wonderful and addictive game and a must have for any armchair manager. The depth of the gameplay is still unrivalled and any little niggles and annoyances the game contains are small fry compared to the successes the game has achieved. In fact SI may have shot themselves in the foot here, after playing FML for far too many hours already, I’m not sure I could go back to playing the Traditional Football Manager series, dealing with a computer isn’t enough anymore.
DarkZero (Mar 06, 2009)
It has taken a while to arrive, but Football Manager Live has delivered not only an excellent online management experience, but an excellent online FOOTBALL MANAGER experience, remaining loyal to previous games while catering for the massively multiplayer market, which as anyone who has ever lost a job/wife/life to them will agree with, is a very, very good thing indeed.
90 (Jan 20, 2009)
According to my manager stats, I've spent approximately 35 per cent of my life (since my team was created) logged into FM Live. Either I've got nothing better in my life to be getting on with or FM Live is the greatest football management game ever created.
PC Zone (Feb 10, 2009)
While FML may have some faults, the addictive Football Manager gameplay we know, love and tear our pubic hair out in rage over is there in a different, equally intriguing form. So if you think you can take us on, search for Oscar’s Wilde Boys.
InsideGamer (Jan 23, 2009)
Dat neemt niet weg dat ik genoten heb van Football Manager Live. Het is de eerste MMO die mij aanspreekt (mede omdat er geen trollen en draken in het spel zijn) en biedt een enigszins versimpelde versie van de bekende FM-gameplay. Er zijn overigens wel drie-, zes-, of twaalfmaandelijkse kosten verbonden aan het spelen, dus mocht je nog niet helemaal overtuigd zijn dat FML jouw ding is, dan is het aan te raden te beginnen met een abonnement van drie maanden.
As with most MMOs, it's difficult to predict the precise long-term future for FML. For now, SI seem to be focused on making sure it's as attractive as possible for new managers to jump in and have some sort of chance. The skills system and other economic tricks like transfer taxes appear to be in place to ensure the hardcore can't simply steamroll newbies from day one and that nobody gets disproportionally wealthy. If this is sounding too much like communism for your liking, bear in mind that a completely free-market version of FML, operating like real football, probably wouldn't be a whole lot of fun. The overall result of such economic micro-management, however, is hard to foresee; as is the progression of the social aspects of the game.
82 (Feb 23, 2009)
Keeping in mind that sports manager games as MMOs are in their infancy, FML is not a bad first effort. The game may not appeal to all fans of the conventional management titles but if you have a passion for football and plenty of time on your hands this may be the outlet for you. A couple of managers I competed against admitted they were addicted, yet none had a problem with this particular addiction. As for me, I think one of the most interesting things about FML is the thought of where Sports Interactive will take the concept next.
Spazio Games (Feb 10, 2009)
Parlare di grafica e di comparto tecnico per un titolo come Football Manager è quasi superfluo; è comunque da sottolineare che il ritorno al 2D è sostanzialmente indolore e non dà problemi di sorta. L'interfaccia è intuitiva (a patto di conoscere l'inglese), mentre il sonoro è addirittura assente. Sono comunque mancanze che, scommettiamo, non peseranno tanto sugli appassionati del brand, ma che potrebbero lasciare un po' perplessi gli indecisi.
IGN UK (Jan 20, 2009)
Football Manager Live may not be quite the MMO Football Manager experience that diehard FM fans have been longing for, but in terms of creating a widely accessible yet still tactical and immersive MMO management game, Sports Interactive has done a fine job. Whether there’s enough here to maintain longevity is yet to be seen, but for the time being we finally have a Football Manager game that can be enjoyed against other people and in short bursts, a game that’s subtly addictive but never life sapping. Whether you consider that a good or a bad thing should tell you whether or not FML is for you.
80 (UK) (Jan 20, 2009)
Football Manager Live has been worth the prolonged wait. Sports Interactive has massive experience in creating single-player management games, but this is the developer's first stab at an MMO - and for the most part, it's a genuine success. While it never quite scales the heady heights of the single-player games, it's still an experience that every Football Manager fan should try, while budding managers intimidated by the demands of Football Manager 2009 are likely to find this a much more enjoyable and accessible entry point to the world of management.
Football Manager Live differs from other online manager games by more tactical choices, the huge player database and an original competition system. For these positive points you do have to pay a small monthly fee but it's certainly worthwhile for the fans of the series
80 (Feb 04, 2009)
ootball Manager Live is het walhalla voor elke aspirant voetbalmanager. Eindelijk is het mogelijk om je zelfgecreëerde elftal te laten strijden tegen menselijke tegenstanders, zonder dat het ten koste gaat van alle diepgang van de geroemde serie. Hier staat wel tegenover dat er flink gelapt zal moeten worden om de game te kunnen spelen. Maar zelfs met het fikse prijskaartje kan niet anders dan geconcludeerd worden dat Football Manager Live uitstekend in elkaar steekt.
D+PAD Magazine (Feb 12, 2009)
Football Manager Live is a curious, audacious shot of adrenaline into a series that was bordering on stagnation. If you’ve always loved the team building and match day aspect of the previous titles, let’s see how you cope against almost a thousand other rivals. The world is literally at your feet.
GameSpot (Feb 09, 2009)
For long-time players of Football Manager, having to work out what to do next is one of the larger culture shocks. Despite FM's addictive reputation, a large part of the gameplay experience consists of simply pressing the "continue" button and advancing the virtual calendar. With FML taking place in real time, there is no such luxury. Nevertheless, it soon has you under its spell, and any game that has you bellowing at your monitor in disgust when your overpaid striker balloons the ball over the bar from 10 yards comes with a degree of emotional attachment.
GameStar (Germany) (Feb, 2009)
Keine Grafik, kaum Sound - und trotzdem habe ich mit dem FM Live mehr Zeit verbracht als mit jedem anderen Spiel in den letzten Monaten. Und dabei hätte ich es gar nicht müssen! Denn die große Leistung des ersten Online-Managers ist, dass er auch Spaß macht, wenn man nur ein paar Minuten am Tag investiert. So hat es bei mir auch angefangen. Aber dann habe ich dieses argentinische Supertalent entdeckt... schon war es um mich geschehen.
Click! (Mar 03, 2009)
Football Manager Live to całkiem udana próba zrobienia z kultowego menedżera produkcji MMO. Mechanizmy zabawy są dopracowane, a dzięki konkurowaniu z innymi trenerami i aukcjom emocji jest sporo. Moim zdaniem są one jednak mniejsze niż w wersji oryginalnej. Ale przekonaj się sam. Mimo ze w Polsce nie kupisz gry w edycji pudełkowej (na razie), możesz ściągnąć ją za darmo z oficjalnej strony i spróbować swoich sił w sieci po opłaceniu abonamentu (najtańszy, 3-miesięczny kosztuje 23 funty, czyli ok. 110 zł). gl m8!
Boomtown (Mar 09, 2009)
My recommendation to any new potential players would be to visit the FML forums to see which worlds are the most active and join them. And my recommendation to SI is to stop opening new worlds, and even worse it might be time to close the original worlds, maybe even merge them. The simple fact is, at this rate they won’t have anyone in them this time next year.

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